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Glossary of Casino

A Cheval ( Roulette )
:
French for Split Bet.
Action Player
:
A player who loves to gamble; one who gives the casino a great deal of action.
Action
:
The amount of gambling a player does in a casino.
Advantage
:
See Casino Advantage
Alembert System
:

See D'Alembert System.

Agent
:
A person who works in conjunction with a cheat.
American Wheel
:
The wheel used in American casinos, which contains, in addition to the usual numbers 1-36,both 0 and 00
Anchorman (Blackjack
:
See Third Baseman
Any Craps (Craps)
:
A one-roll bet that the next throw of the dice will come up 2, 3, or 12.
Any Seven (Craps)
:
A one-roll wager that the next roll of the dice will be a 7.
Auction (Chemin de Fer)
:
Bidding for the bank at the outset of play or when a player voluntarily gives up the bank.

Baccarat
:
The name of the game,A term derived from baccara, the Italian word for zero.
Baccarat en Banque
:
A variation of chemin de fer, where three hands are dealt and there are no set rules governing the bank's play. Also known as baccarat d deux tableaux.
Back line (Craps)
:
A term commonly used for the don't pass line.
Bad Rack
:
A special file kept by a central credit agency inNevada listing those gamblers who have dishonored or refused to pay their gambling debts.
Ball (Roulette)
:
The white plastic ball that is spun counter to the wheel's spin and which, when landing in a pocket, determines the payoffs for that spin of the wheel.
Banco (Chemin de Fer)
:
The term used by a player who decides to cover the entire bank bet.
Banco Prime
:
The privilege of the player to the bank's right to cover the entire bank bet when there is more than one player calling banco.
Bank, Bank Hand
:
The hand that is dealt to and acts last.
Bankroll
:
The stake a player uses to gamble with.
Bar, Bar Card Counters
:
A countermeasure by a casino prohibiting or removing players who are card counters.
Bar the 12 (Craps)
:
Barring the 12 as a winning bet for wrong bettors, making it merely a standoff. In this way the casino retains its edge over wrong bettors. Some casinos bar the 2 instead of the 12.
Bet
:
A wager, using cash or casino chips, on any gambling event in a casino.
Betting Right (Craps)
:
Betting that the dice will pass, or win. Betting Wrong (Craps): Betting against the dice; wagering that they will not pass.
Bettor
:
See Player
Big Bertha (Slots)
:
An oversize specialty machine placed in a casino as a novelty to attract players.
Big 6 and Big 8 (Craps)
:
A bet paying even money that either the 6 or 8 will come up on the dice before a 7 is rolled.
Big Six Wheel
:
A side game involving a wheel six feet in diameter containing fifty-four slots for symbols, which are bet on by the players.
Bills
:
An insider's term for $100 bills.
Bird Cage
:
Another term for chuck-a-luck.
Blackjack
:
The name of the game.A winning hand consisting of an ace and a ten-value card, dealt as the original two cardsof a hand.
Blank, Blank Ticket (Keno)
:
A piece of paper issued by the casino, containing the numbers 1-80, which the player marks to play keno.
Blower (Keno)
:
The device that blows air into the bowl or cage holding the marked and numbered Ping-Pong balls, mixing them and forcing twenty of them into the goose.
Board (Keno)
:
See Keno Board
Box Numbers (Craps)
:
See Place Numbers
Box man (Craps)
:
A casino executive who supervises the craps table from a seated position between two standing dealers
Break the Deck (Blackjack)
:
See Reshuffle
Bring Out (Craps)
:
A term used by the stickman exhorting players to make certain bets in order to have the point come up on the dice
Buck (Craps)
:
See Disk
Burn a Card (Blackjack)
:
Taking away the top card from the deck by the dealer, who places it unseen either at the bottom of the deck or in a separate plastic case.
Burned Cards (Baccarat)
:
Cards discarded after the decks have been cut and before actual play begins.
Bust, To Bust (Blackjack)
:
To hit a hand so that the total goes over 21, making it a losing hand.
Bust Card (Blackjack)
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The designation of the 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 showing as the dealer's up card.
Bust Hand (Blackjack)
:
A hand totaling from 12 to 16 points, which when hit, might go over 21.
Buy the 4 and 10 (Craps)
:
Paying a 5 percent commission to the house in order to have the place numbers 4 and 10 pay off at correct odds of 2-1.

Cage
:
In keno, a bowl-like device holding the numbered Ping-Pong balls.In chuck-a-luck, the device holding the dice.See Cashier's Cage.
Caller (Keno)
:
The casino employee who operates the blower and goose, and who calls out the numbers selected during the game as each is forced into the goose.
Callman (Baccarat)
:
The dealer who runs or calls the game.
Cancellation System
:
See D'Alembert System
Cancel Button (Video Poker)
:
The button that enables a player to cancel a previous decision to hold a particular card before the draw.
Card Counter (Blackjack)
:
A player who keeps track of cards played out so that he can determine if the remainder of the deck or decks is favorable or unfavorable for him.
Caribbean Stud Poker
:
A form of poker played against the house, where the player's options are either to fold or double their bets.
Carousel (Slots)
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The area provided by the casino for a group of Bally $1 machines.
Carre (Roulette)
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The French term for a corner bet.
Cashier's Cage
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The place, usually in the rear of a casino, where a player may redeem casino chips for cash or may transact certain credit arrangements, such as cashing checks.
Cash Out Button (Video Poker)
:
By pressing this button, the player will receive all coins previously credited to him by the machine.
Casino
:
The entire area or space used for gambling.The term for the house, the entity the gambler plays against when making a wager.
Casino Advantage
:
The edge the house has over the player in any game, usually expressed as a percentage, for example, 5.26 percent.
Casino Checks
:
The term used by casino personnel to designate their tokens, which are more commonly called chips.
Casino Chips
:
The common term for tokens issued by the casino in place of money, and having the equivalent value of cash according to their denominations.
Casino Manager
:
The executive who supervises the entire casino operation.
Catches (Keno)
:
The numbers chosen by the player that correspond to those selected by the operator, and show on the keno board during any particular game.
Center Field (Craps)
:
The stickman's term for the 9, since it is in the center of the field bet area.
Change Color
:
Changing casino chips into smaller or larger denominations.
Change Girl (Boy)
:
In slots, the person who aids players by changing their bills for coins to play the machines with.
Chemin de Fer
:
The name of the European form of baccarat, derived from the French term for railroad.
Chemmy
:
The English slang term for chemin de fer.
Chips
:
See Casino Chips
Chuck-A-Luck
:
A casino side game, rarely played, in which three dice are transferred at random from one cage to another.
Cold Dice (Craps)
:
Dice that aren't passing.
Colonne (Roulette)
:
The French term for a column bet.
Column Bet (Roulette)
:
A wager paying 2-1, whereby a player bets that the next spin of the wheel will come up on any one of twelve numbers in the column he's betting on.
Combination Bet (Roulette)
:
A bet on more than one event or on more than one number, using a single chip
Combination Ticket (Keno)
:
A versatile ticket that combines unequal groups of selected numbers to form various combinations
Come Bet (Craps)
:
Betting that the dice will pass after the come-out roll.
Come Box (Craps)
:
The area on the layout where come bets are made.
Come Out, Come-Out Roll (Craps)
:
The initial or first roll of the dice before a point has been established.
Commission
:
A fee paid to the casino by the player when making certain bets or when being paid off on certain bets in various games.
Comp
:
The expression, short for complimentary, used in Nevada casinos to designate free services furnished to gamblers.
Conditioning, Conditions (Keno)
:
The ways a bettor chooses to play his ticket, written as a fraction, such as 2/4, which translates to two four-spots
Corner Bet (Roulette)
:
An inside combination bet with one chip covering four numbers at onetime.
Correct Conditioning
:
Writing a ticket to correspond with the exact intentions of a player.
Counting Cards (Blackjack)
:
See Card Counter.
Cover, Cover the Bank
:
To wager enough so that the bank bet is entirely faded, or bet against by one or more players.
Craps
:
The name of the game.The roll of a 2, 3 or 12.
Craps Out (Craps)
:
The roll of a 2, 3 or 12 on the come out.
Credit Button (Video Poker)
:
A button that allows a player to
play out coins credited to him without using his own coins.
Credit Line
:
The amount of credit a player is entitled to at a casino.
Credit Manager
:
The executive in charge of the credit department of a casino.
Crew (Craps)
:
The four dealers who staff a craps table.
Crossroader
:
A crook who will cheat on anything he can, or steal whatever he can lay his hands on.
Croupier (Roulette)
:
The house employee in the European game who operates the roulette table with other croupiers; also the European term for the dealer in chemin de fer.

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